Syllabus: Remote Viewing (4 week course)

Instructor: Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.


Course Description

This 4-week online introduction to remote viewing (RV) will discuss RV’s origins and history, scientific protocols, methodologies, applications, success stories and failures, explanatory theories, skeptical critiques, and much more, including brief instruction in the RV process and an opportunity to perform your own remote viewing trials during the course of instruction. The controversy surrounding teaching of remote viewing will be discussed, and you will be introduced to the roles played in remote viewing by some of the most significant personalities in the field, including such luminaries as Ingo Swann, Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Joseph McMoneagle, Ed May, and others.

Course Materials:


Required Text: The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing – the Secret Military Remote Perception Sill Anyone Can Learn (Intentional Press, 2015 – available postage free at ) Additional reading material in digital format will be provided during the course.


Students will also need access to some way of digitizing and uploading their remote viewing work (a scanner, camera, phone, etc.)

Course Outline


Week 1: Remote Viewing: What is it?

  • Remote viewing overview and introduction.
  • Where RV fits in the ESP domain.
  • A brief argument over terms.
  • Is remote viewing a phenomenon, a skill, or a gift?
  • Doing remote viewing: Basic guidance

(Homework: perform a remote viewing session yourself at home; reading assignment)


Week 2: History and Research

  • Homework (RV trial) feedback.
  • Antecedents of remote viewing, RV’s origins, and RV history (what you thought you knew, but maybe didn’t)
  • Remote viewing research–there’s more of it than you might expect
  • Protocols, experimental design, explanations...and speculation: an overview of the science behind remote viewing

(Homework: perform a remote viewing session yourself at home; reading assignment; one-page response paper.)



Week 3: Implementing Remote Viewing

  • Homework (RV trial) feedback
  • How remote viewing “works” – practical concerns and considerations
  • Elements of remote viewing performance
  • Kinds of remote viewing–how they differ
  • “Training” – smoke and mirrors...or truly effective?

(Homework: perform a remote viewing session yourself at home; reading assignment; one-page response paper)



Week 4: Remote Viewing in the Real World

  • Homework (RV trial) feedback.
  • Putting remote viewing to work (practical applications and what to know about them)
  • Forensic RV, ARV, etc.
  • Skeptical objections and their antidotes.
  • Remote viewing’s new social universe: Its background and important actors.
  • Do you want to learn more? (Resources for further exploration, online practice opportunities, things to watch out for, etc.)

(Final remote viewing exercise assignment.)


Final Exam (submitted online, multiple choice and short answers)

Course Participation

All students are expected to attend all lecture sessions, either during the live presentation or the recorded version, join in the online discussions, and complete the class homework assignments. This will guarantee that you will get the most out of the instruction and learning opportunities.



Evaluations and Grading


Discussion questions (4x10%)                                    40%
Homework: Completed RV trials (4 x 5%)                20%
Response papers (2 x 5%)                                           10%
Final Exam                                                                  30%